#MondayThoughts: Adjustments

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It’s sunny today and not too hot, the sky empty of clouds except at the edges, far down by the horizon. I’m easing into the day, slowed by heavy thoughts.

But at least I had a good workout.

I’ve been doing yoga before bed the last several days and I feel like I’ve slept better and longer. Not extended sessions, either; just a few minutes seems to do the trick, right before getting into bed. I’ll see if I can keep it up, make it as much a part of the routine as brushing my teeth.

Gotta do what you can do.

It was a quiet weekend, really, and I didn’t get done most of what I wanted to get done. Instead I binged a show I’ll talk about on my TV Watch on Friday, did some odds and ends, baked a lot and saw my mom. Life has taken on its own uneven gait these days.

Humans are adaptable. Even to that to which we’d prefer not to adapt.

Anyway, that’s it for me this Monday. Have a great day and a great start to your week.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
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#FridayThoughts: Take the hint.

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First things first, it’s Friday so here is my TV Watch, “Cobra Kai, candy-coated television.”

And now, somehow, Friday.

Things started out looking pretty bad this week, but somehow my mom, the stubborn soul she is, raised her numbers and is doing better. It’s astounding, really, and impressive, no doubt.

It’s kind of cloudy today, though I don’t think the weather means anything by it, and I’m still trying to get myself into gear, even though it’s a little late in the week. I think we all have our challenges lately.

I’ve found it so bizarre on twitter when criticizing the royals there are people who will spend their entire day trying to argue about it with you. Defending people who don’t know them, who don’t know they exist, and couldn’t be bothered if they did.

I just blocked one because she couldn’t take a hint and leave my mentions.

It’s as though there’s a frenzied desperation. Perhaps the end of the monarchy is closer than we knew. Perhaps it’s like with Pres. Obama here, the sight of a Black person in such a superior position sent people into a never-ending racist spiral.

Well, definitely the racist spiral.

And the increasingly hysterical attempts to divert from or distract from or deny the overt racism. I find it pathetic and tiresome.

Which is why it’s good the block button exists.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#ThursdayThoughts: Not a prompt but a post.

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No ten word prompt today, it’s been a very tiring week and my brain is not up to the task. Sorry everyone who likes to participate.

But we can just hang out instead.

It’s sunny today, and quiet, more quiet than you might expect. My mom is doing better, which is also probably more than you would expect.

I’ve told you she’s tough.

Meanwhile, I feel like a dinghy with a hole in it, slowly leaking air as it’s pulled along by a huge boat it cannot control.

Life is not for wimps.

Hmm, I’m sounding more morose than I actually feel, I’m more in need of a nap than anything else. Maybe that will even happen.

I did eat hospital food this week, which could lead to a migraine and it’s possible that’s what it is, those early stages where I start feeling as though I’m made of cement. Let’s hope it’s not that.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a great Thursday (and if you want to use the image as a prompt anyway, go for it!).

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#WednesdayWisdom: Many options doesn’t mean different options.

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It’s the kind of sunny with those thin, pale clouds you can’t really tell are there, and I’ve had a good breakfast and a good coffee and perhaps even a good night’s sleep, though I won’t swear to it.

I had a great workout.

There’s some kind of constant machine noise outside I can’t really pinpoint, but I’m nonetheless feeling better than I have in days. No middle-of-the-night calls about my mom, that’s a plus. My new yoga blocks are on their way.

That’s a plus too.

Yesterday, I was in Dragon Pose when my blocks started listing to the side and then eventually toppled. Tried it again, over they went.

Not going to mess around with that, I was close to the ground and fine but they need to be stable. You’d be shocked by the number of yoga blocks available.

But running through page after page of options, I realized there probably wasn’t a lot of difference. They were all highly rated. The prices were pretty much grouped.

So I picked some I thought were pretty and they should be here tomorrow. They even come with a yoga strap. I have one, but why not add another?

Variety.

I guess what I’m saying is when faced with a wall of “choices,” sometimes it’s a false impression. Sometimes there are no rights or wrongs.

Just a heck of a lot of yoga blocks.

Have a great Wednesday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#TuesdayThoughts: tired

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Here’s my #MomUpdate “Crash.” It’s been a long few days.

It’s sunny today, though, and not hot but not cold. It’s that Fall window in Chicago, the kind of time that could be the perfect Hollywood representation of the season.

And it has been, no doubt, many times.

People are still talking about the royal mess, and it seems to me that the monarchy doesn’t have long to go. Why it’s a continual trending topic for me on twitter, I have no idea.

I’m far more interested in trump’s clandestine golf course meeting yesterday, where there was a whole thicket of them in khaki pants and no golf clubs, talking about something serious.

Unpleasant substances and fans, no doubt.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a great Tuesday and I will try to recharge as much as I can.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#MondayThoughts: So…yeah.

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Things are not going well. I’ll get into it tomorrow, though. It’s gray today and cooler. I don’t know if it will rain, it rained hard yesterday, the streets flooded at the edges.

People are furiously speculating what would have brought trump to DC suddenly last night. A picture purportedly from today shows him on a golf cart. So did he go, in golf clothes, on his private plane, to play golf?

Who knows.

My personal guess is contempt proceedings for his noncompliance with the May subpoena for records. Given what was seized in the search, it’s clear he didn’t turn everything over.

Meanwhile I’ve heard there are some ridiculous requirements for foreign leaders attending the Queen’s funeral. I don’t know if they’re true or not, but it does seem that Charles doesn’t really understand the limits of his role or how tenuous his whole position of privilege actually is.

That should be interesting to watch.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a good Monday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Royally over it.

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It’s FRIDAY which means TV suggestions with my TV Watch series! This week: “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”

And now on to Friday.

It’s sunny and mild, and it’s hard to believe it’s Friday again, though I feel like I say that a lot these days. And yet it is.

Queen Elizabeth died yesterday, at the age of 96, and it brought out a lot of things on the internet. The truth is the scars of colonialism remain open.

And there is probably no greater symbolic tribute to white supremacy than the continued existence of a monarchy in a country with an elected government. They serve two functions: reminders of the past and a draw to tourists.

You don’t even need the people for the tourism, the buildings and the jewelry and the furnishings will suffice. At Kensington Palace I couldn’t care less if William or Kate were there. I visited the royal yacht in Edinburgh and I had no hopes of seeing any actual family members. Not even the ghost of Princess Diana on her doomed honeymoon of her doomed marriage to a man who never gave up the mistress who is now the Queen Consort.

I think Meghan and Harry were a means for the monarchy to enter the 21st century with grace and morph into something useful, given they’re both actually committed to charitable works, but apparently the royal family wasn’t having it. Instead it kept Andrew.

So my opinion of the monarchy isn’t high. As an American perhaps it shouldn’t be anyway. And I am sorry for the loss of the person Elizabeth, who seemed to meet her beloved dogs on a literal rainbow bridge yesterday. But I have no good feelings for the institution of the Queen.

And with that, I wish you a happy Friday and a great weekend. Enjoy She-Hulk if you try it!

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Oops.

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Photo by ArtHouse Studio on Pexels.com

It’s Thursday! That means our #ThursdayTen!

For now, at least. We’ll see.

Anyway, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

No problem right?

Ready? Here’s mine:

In that moment they realized it was the NORTH Pole.

#WednesdayWisdom: Don’t steal nuclear secrets.

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It’s the sunny, cloudless kind of day that should leave a person frothing with energy, but I am not. I slept badly and I feel it.

I even did some yin yoga intended to energize, but I can’t say its effects were dramatic. Nor are those of the coffee.

I’m draggy. And I feel like things aren’t going well today, though nothing appreciable has happened outside of my dentist’s office calling to reschedule.

Maybe it’s the knowledge that not only did trump have top secret nuclear information, we don’t know for sure what he did with it.

We have our suspicions.

But we don’t know. And there is a judge standing between the Justice Department and finding out. That is, as we say so frequently lately, messed up.

On Friday, she intends to hear suggestions for a “Special Master.” Which is utterly ludicrous. She wouldn’t even allow former prosecutors to file a friend of the court brief. Trump forum-shopped and got himself a bargain.

Huh, and we’ve gotten this far without a single grain of wisdom so I offer you this: Don’t steal nuclear secrets and drink more coffee.

Have as great a Wednesday as possible.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Unsettling.

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It’s Tuesday, so here is my latest #MomUpdate, “Coming to terms with truths.” And now Tuesday.

This morning I debated hot or iced coffee. I went with hot, but it’s gotten cold so I guess I got a little of both?

Looking on the bright side.

Speaking of the bright side, it’s cloudy, it looks like it’s going to rain but the flat gray sky is glowing like fully sun. Maybe it’s rainbow weather.

Maybe.

While it’s still blazing hot in many places, we’ve cooled considerably and have a moderate 70 degrees today. Autumn is definitely on its way.

As we’re trying to make sense of what a truly activist judge has done in the trump case, the damage he inflicted on the judiciary cannot be overstated. This would be less unsettling if we could be certain of the Appeals court.

But we can’t.

We’re still on this rocky ride, and we have to hope for the best in how it winds up.

That’s it for me this Tuesday. Have a great day.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.